13/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Tonight a Syrian refugee who moved to Britain on trial for sexual

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assault. Newsnight has followed him and his family for a year and is

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with them as the verdict comes through. Join me on

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The First Minister has told BBC Scotland she feels she may

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have a "duty" to call a second independence referendum.

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Nicola Sturgeon said the UK that Scots endorsed in 2014 no longer

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existed because of the vote to leave the European Union.

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Nicola Sturgeon at her party conference in Glasgow,

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She's got the numbers, as the party's business convenor

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It's the biggest party political conference in the UK.

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She's got a trusted new deputy, Angus Robertson MP won outright

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We are very, very close to independence.

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Scotland voted to Remain in the EU while the wider UK voted Leave.

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That might trigger an independence referendum, but does it push

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She accused right-wing Tories of distorting the Brexit vote.

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The rampant right-wing of the party is using it as a licence

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for the xenophobia that has long lain under the surface,

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She delighted delegates with this strictly limited pledge.

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I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum

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Bill will be published for consultation next week.

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The real substance came when he she promise to produce

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proposals to maintain Scotland's EU links while within the UK.

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She challenged the Prime Minister to back that approach.

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If you think, for one single second, that I am not serious about doing

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what it takes to protect Scotland's interests,

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Around the hall there is no shortage of advice.

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I think in actual fact we are probably over the line

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in terms of the percentage we need already.

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It depends on when we are likely to win it.

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I don't think we're ready for another referendum.

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It won't be tomorrow, but as soon as possible.

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For Nicola Sturgeon, there are political,

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She told me there was more to it than that.

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To protect the open, progressive, international Scotland that I think

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most people want us to be, then, at that point,

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perhaps there is a duty to allow people to make that choice.

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A sense of duty which may yet prompt a second independence referendum.

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But Nicola Sturgeon is not there yet.

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A two-year-old girl has died and her brother and sister have

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been seriously injured, after being struck as they walked

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along a pavement after two cars collided on a road.

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The accident happened this afternoon on the A94

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It's understood that the little girl died shortly afterwards.

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Her brother and sister were taken to hospital in Dundee.

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The A94 remains closed for investigations and police have

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appealed to anyone who can help their inquiries to contact them.

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A woman has died after being involved in a collision on the A9 at

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around 7:20pm this evening. The NSPCC, a leading children's

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charity, has reported a significant increase in the number of calls it's

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receiving about neglect or abuse which are serious enough

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to be referred to police I spoke to Reevel Alderson,

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our Social Affairs Correspondent, earlier and asked him

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what's been happening? The NSPCC has a 24-hour helpline

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for people who have concerns about children being either

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neglected or abused. Just three are years ago

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there were just under If we look into these figures,

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we can see almost 400 referrals about physical abuse,

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we can see almost 200 concerns about sexual abuse and 800 referrals

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because people are concerned That's a 61% increase over

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the past three years. You might think that the charity

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would be concerned about these Calls to our helpline have increased

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by 58% from 2012-13. That might sound like

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the incidents of child abuse What it shows is that members

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of the public are more aware of the signs of abuse and are less

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willing to tolerate and know that they can call us to talk

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about it and to decide what to do. Is that the reason for the increase

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in calls to the helpline? The earlier figures I gave

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you were from 2012-2013. That was the time that

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the revelations came out We had a number of other

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high-profile cases involving the abuse of children,

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particularly with celebrities. Now people have the confidence

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that their calls, if they make them, Before the charity says people

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might not have phoned because they might have thought,

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"What if I'm wrong?" Now they're thinking,

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"What if I'm right?" Rail chiefs have insisted they're

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fully committed to the future of rail services north of Inverness,

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after campaigners voiced concerns that the route

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could be under threat. But ScotRail argue that they're

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pouring millions into the far north The train leaves Inverness,

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passengers going all the way facing That's twice as long

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as it would take by road. Breakdowns and delays can make

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the trip even more The journey times on this line

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are now exactly the same That, clearly, doesn't

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meet our modern needs. Critics condemn the reliability

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of the rolling stock. The trains are the most unreliable

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diesel units in Scotland. When they came in 25 years ago,

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they were poor trains then. ScotRail takes the criticism

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on the chin. In the depot, trains

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are being overhauled and a modern and a modern signalling system is

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about to revolutionise the service. Speeding up journey

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times is a key ambition. We are looking to increase the line

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speeds on level crossings. Those actions are happening now

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and for the next timetable. We are improving the signalling

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changing to digital. There is a help point here to allow

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customers to find out Unfortunately, it's either not

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working or there is no reply. It's just another example about how

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shortcomings in the infrastructure are putting

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potential passengers off. People have been voting

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with their feet. That is at a time when most

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rail routes in Scotland What we need in place are relatively

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small improvements to a number of points on the line,

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costing a relatively small That would transform the journey

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times and probably knock anything up to 30 to 40 minutes off the time

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from Wick to Inverness. This route isn't under any immediate

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threat and the rail operators are spending millions

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of pounds on improvements. Campaigners welcome that,

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but say more investment is vital An investigation says the Royal Navy

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endangered the lives of the crew of a fishing trawler

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in the Irish Sea in April last year. A submarine from Faslane snagged

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the nets of the trawler Along the County Down coast,

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there are villages where fishing is an important industry,

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but also a dangerous job. Last year, a trawler was damaged

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in the Irish Sea in an accident that The lives of all four of the crew

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on board were put in danger I can remember the jaws

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being pulled back. -- the scene from Jaws

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where the boat gets pulled back. It dragged it backwards at speed

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snagging the nets. There was a violent

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stop to the boat. I thought it must have

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been a submarine. From then on it was

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a white knuckle ride. If the crew hadn't released

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the fishing net and this metal structure that holds

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them hadn't have broken, the report concludes it's more

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than likely the trawler It wasn't until five

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months after the accident that the Royal Navy accepted

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that their submarine had been The investigators are very critical

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of the MoD for not providing them with all the evidence they need

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to conclude why this If you look at the traffic density

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of fishing vessels in the area at the time of the accident,

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there is no reason why the submarine should have been proceeding

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at the speed and depth she was. In a statement, the Royal Navy

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apologised for the accident, which involved a submarine

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based at Faslane. It says its reviewing its safety

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procedures and the authors of the investigation report say

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that is important if trust is to be built again with those

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who fish in the Irish Sea. Now the weather outlook

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for tonight and tomorrow. We started to see a gradual slide

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into unsettled weather during the course of this week. But we saw some

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lovely pictures from our weather watchers. This beautiful sky.

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Overnight, frequent showers across eastern Scotland become more

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frequent and turning to long spells of rain, particularly towards the

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northeast. Drier over western areas and brisk winds. Tomorrow morning

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will start as a windy and wet for the most part, showers becoming more

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extensive across the north of the country and is a it will feel cool

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display the temperature feeling quite cold on those brisk, easterly

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winds, despite temperatures into double figures. Shetland is going to

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be dry over the next few days with brighter, sunny spells coming

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through. We will see gales towards Caithness. Tomorrow, things start to

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ease down with sunny spells coming through and heavy showers across the

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likes of Grampian and Angus. Some sunshine for the Western Isles and

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the southwest corner. For the rest of the UK, the few is for Northern

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Ireland, one to across the North West. There will be cloud feeding

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into eastern areas, a sign of more rain to come later in the day,

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temperatures about 12 to 15 Celsius and still the nagging, easterly

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wind, particularly for eastern coastal areas. The showers will

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start to pep up as we head through tomorrow night. Friday night into

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Saturday, a couple of tight isobars mean we will have a wet and indeed

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start on Saturday and an early one in four Angus but it improved during

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start on Saturday and an early one the course of the day.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25am tomorrow morning.

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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and around the country, goodnight.

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